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Jul 20, 2011 11:00pm EDT
examining a bill to repeal the defensive marriage act. i call this hearing to assess the impact of doma and american families. i've heard from many vermont families concerned about this important civil rights issue, and earlier this year i was proud to join senator feinstein and others introducing s598, the respect of marriage act to repeal doma and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples. they deserve the same clarify, secureness as everybody else in this country enjoys. i made some points to our agenda. outside of the hearing room, often spoke for those who think the issue of civil rights is merely one for the history books. that's not so. there's still work to be done. the march for equality must continue until all individuals and families are respected equally under our laws. in the 15 years since doma was enacted, five states including vermont and district of columbia permitted marriage to same-sex couples. in just a few days, the state of new york will become the sixth state to protect same-sex marriage. unfortunately, the projection the statements provide to married co
Jul 20, 2011 11:00am PDT
. and in overturning the law known as doma. >> feinstein is the author of the act that picked up the endorsement of president obama. the senate committee was divided along lines. >> it would overturn the current law of law the defense of marriage act. and would allow them to have the same benefits. she said it's equally point out what the bill would not do. >> it would not obligate any stated or locality to perform a marriage in the same sex or allow a state to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state. >> they passed doma to from. >>> it also requires the federal government to recognize marriages between a man and a woman. one witness says the support of doma by lxd officials appalling and baffling. >> some of our representatives and senators who are there to protect the minority are allowing us to become the victims of the majority. >> reporter: republicans pointed out that some states have passed legislation nations civil unions providing same benefits that heterosexual couples receive. it's an example of political correctness gone awry. >> it would have to be recognized in those many
Jul 20, 2011 10:00am EDT
benefits. a veteran spouse can also be buried with their deceased spouse at a military cemetery. under doma, the spouses of gay service members will be excluded from these benefits even though those service members performed exactly the same service to our country and put their lives on the line for the united states. my question is for any witness that would care to answer. can you tell us the extent of doma on gay service members and their spouses? >> senator, i can tell you briefly from a nongay case that i just had, i do divorce work and i just represented a woman who is divorcing her husband who's active in the military and she is entitled to half -- 55% of his pension. he's about ready to retire after 20 years in the military. she's divorcing him and she's getting 55% of his military pension. anything -- any same-sex couple , it's just not available to them. >> thank you very much. and thank all of you for being here today. it's very important and very grateful. senator whitehouse. >> thank you, madam chair. thank you for your leadership on this issue. i will glad to yield -- ok. this
Jul 20, 2011 6:00am PDT
this story and seeing where doma is headed. on tuesday president reaffirmed that would overturn the act or doma. feinstein believes that public support is swinging against doma. right now doma denies same-sex couples of marriage related benefits. she and others members will hear from people. >> these couples cannot file joint federal income taxes and claim certain deductions. they cannot receive spousal benefits under social security. >> president has long called for legislative repeal of the so-called defense of marriage act which continues to have an impact of lives of real people. >> reporter: in a statement republican house speaker john boehner says the constitutionality of the law is determined by the courts rather an unilateral action by the obama administration. he went on to say this is another effort by washington democrats to take attention away from jobs and economic policy of the president which has been a failure. it's bill 598 and hearing is scheduled to start in less than an hour. >>> nick thanks very much. >> bart is getting ready to double parking fees. it's going to co
Jul 19, 2011 5:00pm PDT
to affect 15 years ago. >> because of doma couples can not take advantage of federal protection to every other married couples in the country. and believe it or not they're over a thousand federal laws and protections that are afforded to married couples. >> other members will hear testimony tomorrow from same-sex couple who's want to see doma overturned. the house speaker said it's quote the law of the land and saying that this is another effort by washington democrats to take attention from jobs and the president's economic policies which have been a failure. >> and a lot more to bring you here at 5:00. coming up a connection to today's raid of a hacker group sympathetic to wikileaks and rupert murdock faces parliament over phone-hacking tackics and someone tries to pie him. >> i'm sandhya patel. warmer weather is on the way. i'll let you know how long summer warmth is going to last when i come back. >> unexpected problem pushing devil's slide tunnel project way back. find out what happened as the news continues in one minute. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld.
Jul 20, 2011 5:00am PDT
the defense of marriage act or doma. they will hear testimony from same-sex couples that want to see doma overturned. doma defines marriage between a man and woman only. it has prevented same-sex couples of taking advantage of federal protections available to married couples. white house says president obama also supports repealing doma and stopped did he defending it in court. >> mike is joining us with the forecast. we got a two-day event. it sounds like a two day sale and it is coming out like that. >> come and get it. come and get your warmer temperatures. >> are you buying it? >> oh, yeah. >> and here is a look at jetstream, look how much farther to the north it is. some of the heat down to the south and moving up to the atmosphere. sun comes up and starts to warm the air and that heat comes down into our neighborhoods. we have that to deal with today and calm conditions. calm conditions, no marine layer clouds. that warmth is going to build rather quickly today. winds are 6 miles an hour at sfo. northeast at 3 at hayward. fairfield, southwest at 14 miles per hour. everybody sells ca
Jul 20, 2011 6:00pm EDT
for doma. social security allowes a widow or widowsor claim their own benefit or benefit amount of their deceased spouse, whichever is higher. yet i cannot depend on this benefit after 58 years of my spouse simply because of doma. this is unfair. this is unjust. >> so are we at turning point in this debate. will the federal government see the validity of same-sex marria marriage? one of those advocating -- congressman studs passed away and now says he has been discriminated against because of doma. he is one of 17 plaintiffs in massachusetts suing the constitutionality of doma. also joining us is msnbc political analyst richard wolff. let me start with you, dean. tell us what you have gone through and why you are pla plfa planetive in this lawsuit. >> thank you. i think this shows how the defensive marriage act hurts families. 15 years ago when i sat in the visitor's gallery at the house of representatives and watched the man who is to become my husband speak out against it, it was very theoretical. i don't think gary or i ever expected at that point, that we would ever be able
Jul 23, 2011 11:30am PDT
really matter to families. >> opponents of gay marriage say the defense of marriage act doma was designed to protect traditional marriage and repealing it would force states to recognize same sex marriages. the obama administration supports efforts to abolish doma. >> what do you think? is it going to be repealed? >> i don't think so not in this congress we have an election year coming up in 2012. i think the vast majority of americans when in the ballot boxes we've seen state after state support traditional marriage i think there is a reason that president obama when he ran as candidate obama was for the defense of marriage act as opposed to what he is saying now. >> that is an important point. not in this congress but it's going to happen. i think looking at polling on this issue, young generations are very open to gay marriage this is an issue that is changing. and i think if not now then in five years. but i think it's just a matter of time until it happens. >> not in this congress. of course not in this congress. it will not raise the debt limit. how are you going to get to doma? not
Jul 20, 2011 8:00pm EDT
the american public. we are seeing it with the president standing up and saying that doma is wrong and anti-family. we're seeing it in new york where this weekend hundreds of loving couples are going to make that commitment to one another and their families, and it doesn't change the fact the opposition is going to continue to use these mis-information campaigns to try to persuade the rest of the people on what is, frankly, a losing battle for them. >> jennifer, i want to show you one more moment from the hearing, this involved patrick leahy making a point about this. >> if you have parents legally married under the laws of the state, one set of parents are entitled to certain financial benefits for their children, the other set of parents are denied those same financial benefits for their children. are not those children, at least in that aspect of finances, are not those children of the second family, are they not at a disadvantage? yes or no? >> it would be yes, as you ask the question narrowly, senator. >> that's a question the opponents try to evade. they try to pretend civil unions or
Jul 19, 2011 7:00pm PDT
doma, which does not allow federal recognition of same-sex marriage. later today the white house says that it supports feinstein's bill. >>> in london, rupert murdoch appeared before parliament to answer pointed questions about an ever widening phone hacking scandal. >> rupert murdoch and son james murdoch based in music today. after weeks of allegations of wrongdoing, as well as arrests and resignations, the murdoch's appeared before a committee of the british parliament. >> this is the most humble day of my life. >> 2.5 hours into the testimony protester threw shaving cream at murdoch. the man was taken away by authorities. earlier he entered reports, not just of public figures but victims of terror and crime including a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped and killed in 2002. >> i was utterly shocked, appalled, and ashamed. i heard about it only two weeks ago. >> rupert murdoch aggravated sin may be the betrayal of readers trust. >>> late this afternoon to san francisco board of supervisors decided that at&t will not have to do an environmental impact report before installing more th
Jul 19, 2011 11:00pm PDT
the marriage act known as doma. it is between a man and a woman. it went into affect 15 years ago. >> and i want to assure you that this is not a cause which we are going to drop. we are not faint hearted about this. if we don't succeed this session, we will continue it next session. we will continue the effort until the battle is won. >> senator feinstein and other members of the judiciary committee will hear testimony from same sex couples who want to see doma overturned. and in new york, mayor bloomburg announced that new york city will hold a lottery for couples who want to get married this sunday. that's the first day same-sex marriage will be legal there. >> apple computer hosted a blowout. in june, the company has $7.3 billion in revenue with its iphone scpi pad sales setting new records. that's more than double from a year ago. and company officials called ipad sales an absolute frenzy. they are selling twice as many ipad as macs. and the cupertino company has an incredible $76 billion in cash. its new operating system called lion is set to be released tomorrow. >>> look at this. a
Jul 4, 2011 5:00pm PDT
court of appeals lawyer karen galinski sued after her wife was denied coverage. they said doma bars federal agencies from recognizing gay couples. the department of justice weighed in with a brief saying it would no longer defend doma, calling the law discriminatory and siding with galinsky. scholars say the brief is a total aboutface in the way the government views the legal rights of gays and lesbians. >>> it is the 4th of july, and america celebrates its birthday with some competitive 'llngw s history was made by a bay area native. >>> 15, five, four -- five, four, three, two, one, begin. >> here we go. for the fifth consecutive year, san jose's joey chestnut won the july 4 hot dog-eating contest at coney islands. he wolfed down 62 hot dogs in ten minutes, beating the seconds place finisher by nine dogs. his main rival, kobayashi, did not compete because of a contract dispute. so he staged an unofficial contest in manhattan where he ate 69 hot dogs in the same amount of time. also for the first time ever, there was a separate competition for the women only. and you probably hear
Jul 22, 2011 8:00pm EDT
. received a letter from 60 members of congress concerning the likability of doma and the guidelines, so the guidelines were under consideration right now buying the embedded by the personnel readiness community. and i suspect we will have the issue resolved before the 60 day period. >> just so i am clear, the air force people who are in the midst of their discharges, that means they are not technically discharge them at this point, is that correct? >> that's correct. there is on the separated. >> three others were in the midst. they would have to then go back to their jobs and continues her being is not what this point. >> as far as i know there's on the military. >> thank you. is the actual moments of repeal midnights wanted to sit number 20 later in the day? >> i suppose it depends on how you count. 60 days from today september 20 and i says it is a legal question as to whether the law repeal goes into effect on 3:00 or whenever it was that document was transmitted on september 20 were some earlier point in that day. i suspect they'll be issuing some sort of legal opinion on that. but
Jul 22, 2011 10:00am PDT
and benefits to dependents and spouses will not be available because of the defensive marriage act. doma excludes access to those benefits. >> right. tommy, do you expect that same-sex military couples will eventually get equal benefits? >> well, if we are to go by the assurances giventy secretary of defense and chairman of the joint chiefs, they will not. however, i think you know and your viewers know it will no longer depend doma considers it unconstitutional, which that is a legal question, certainly. i think there are plenty of reasons to be on the opposite side of that question that it is constitutional. but i think clarke's answer to your question sort of indicates what we'll be looking forward to. and that is probably hefty, ample litigation on the part of now openly homosexual service members challenging the statute on the basis of the recognition of their status as a sexual minority to, in fact, claim these benefits and just as unfortunately clarke's group has many in court challenging the statute itself contrary to the party. >> i want to ask you because, obviously the law is
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Jul 6, 2011 11:00pm PDT
of marriage act is that it should be a federal law in support of gay marriage. >> part of the reason that doma doesn't make sense is that traditionally marriage has been decided by the states. (audience groaning). >> jon: really? the gentleman with mixed race parents playing the states no best card. you know, when i was born... ( cheers and applause ) when i was born my parents' marriage would have been illegal in florida and virginia. so different strokes. of course the implications of legalizing gay marriage can be hard to fully understand unless perhaps you have a correspondent who was in musical theater. we sent our own josh gad from the book of mormon out to make sense of this landmark legislation. >> reporter: the legalization of gay marriage means one thing. super bowl hero david tiree. >> this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, you know, it's a strong word but anarchy. >> reporter: now everyone from al bany to rochester will have to deal with what people here in this city have long had to accept as part of their daily lives. traffic snarls. sailors gone awol. >> it's
Jul 17, 2011 11:00am EDT
the first hearing to repeal doma, defense of marriage act. that will give it a lot of attention. >> back to the issue dare not speak its name in washington, the economy. twice this weekend in the press conference, barack obama mentioned the idea of a national infrastructure bank. it's the next big idea. we put in $10 billion. chris: to create jobs for 2012. >> it will create jobs and provide infrastructure that isn't riddled with pork because it's not going through the appropriations -- chris: can you get it through congress? >> maybe. chris: that would be a great idea. real shovel ready, real jobs. when we come back -- the question of the week for us, which republican candidate has the best possibility to be a great president? chris: welcome back. this week's big question for us, of the republicans running for president, which one offers the best chance of becoming a great president? john heilemann? >> you know, i put down my chisel. i finished working on mt. rushmore the last time. i'm not in that business but think about harry truman, humble haberdasher. there's greatness within all o
Jul 24, 2011 11:00am EDT
and background or birther issue. or they raise the sexual orientation issues, gay rights issue of the doma brings that back. will that drive out the younger votes? >> it might drive out the younger voters. overall if you do that, chris, in every category you show where voters are looking for is somebody who is reassuring, having been in a bad economy, somebody who's kind of a safer candidate, if you start bringing out all of the culture issues, people -- that's not what people are concerned about. >> ok. >> suburbanites won't go for that. >> but the most important thing can we just say -- jobs. jobs. chris: while you raise interest of suburban voters serksd category. talk about younger voters. suburbanites seem want to to hear not whose fault the last four years were but what's your plan? inspire them. you're not regular democrat or party voters. here's whey will do the next four years. doesn't he have to say that? >> suburbanites have kind of become -- how do we split this up between suburbanites and independents? chris: tell me. >> i see them as more poll ue lift chris: more croubs. let's start
Jun 30, 2011 11:00pm EDT
>la ley conocida por sus siglas en inglÉs doma fue promulgada en 1996 y sÓlo reconoce como matrimonio a la uniÓn entre un hombre y una mujer. velandia y vandiver comenzaron una lucha para detener la deportaciÓn. y en un giro sin precedentes los funcionarios federales revirtieron ese proceso. "estamos celebrando un futuro que acabamos de tener ahora de que se paro mi deportacion". "ayer teníamos esta enorme carga sobre nosotros. nos iban a separar a menos de un año de casados...ahora estamos celebrando que podemos seguir juntos en este país indefinidamente". la decisiÓn llega solo dÍas despuÉs de que el director del servicio de control de inmigraciÓn y aduanas john morton pidiera a su personal concentrarse en deportar a criminales peligroso yus sti comu Ún otro cos. y se aga pa deenr ilzo casodestmaimioel caso de velandia y vandiver podrÍa sentar precedente legal para miles de parejas en su misma situaciÓn. "un estudio de la universidad de california en los angeles estima que en estados unidos residen unas 36 mil parejas integradas por un
Jul 19, 2011 4:00pm PDT
monday. >> president obama reaffirmed support for overturning the federal key fence of marriage act. doma defines marriage only between a man and woman. california senator feinstein believes public opinion is swinging against doma sponsoring an alts in a tiff bill called respect for marriage act. the democrat also sits on the senate judish yairy committee, hearing testimony tomorrow from married same-sex couples. currently they do not enjoy the same rights that apply to heterosexual married couple autos they cannot file joint federal taxes and claim deductions and they cannot receive spousal benefits under social security. >> the president call forward a repeel of the dpeens of marriage act which continues to have an impact on our families, friends and neighbors. >> the house speaker says it's quote the law of the land and it's constitutionality should be determined in the courts and not by the obama administration. a new york city a lottery will be held for couples who want to get married on the first day the mayor said more than 760 couples will be expected to get married on sunday this
Jul 20, 2011 6:00pm PDT
in front of the senate judiciary committee today to try to repeal the defense of marriage act known as doma. the committee heard from supporters of the act that repealing it would undermine marriage. same sex couples can't get certain federal benefits like filing joint income taxes, receiving spousal benefits, and taking time off under the family and medical leave act. and that feinstein says is unfair. >> same sex couples live their lives like all married couples. they share financial expenses, they raise children together, they care for each other in good times and in bad. but doma denies these couples the rights and benefits. >> reporter: senator feinstein doesn't believe congress will act on her proposal this year but says it's an important first step. so far no republicans have signed on to the legislation. today's hearing comes on the heels of new york legalizie iniy marriage. five other states as well as the district of columbia hall legalized same sex marriage and here in california the prop 8 fight continues to wine its way through the court system. in the newsroom, bay area news.
Jul 20, 2011 9:00pm PDT
colleagues and myself have introduced the respect for marriage act. our bill is simple. it strikes doma from federal law. >> while opponents of same-sex marriage are are guyd that for centuries marriage has always been defined as between a man and a woman. >> i think americans over a long period of time have been consistent on that. >> in california, randy thomason helped lead the ballot fight against same-sex marriage. today he criticized president obama for supporting feinstein's bill. >> why did he promise voters in 2008 that he said marriage is only for a man and a woman. why the flip flop. is it because it is an election season? >> reporter: political analyst bruce cane. >> for the president to come out in favor of the repeal of doma prior to an election is basically aimed at mobilizing the base. >> professor kane addd that the hearing on the hill was not just political. senator feinstein and the other supporters are trying to move the issue forward. on the political side the president's reelection strategy appears to include going moderate on economic issues to attract independent vote
Jul 27, 2011 12:00am EDT
the defense of marriage act, or doma. the republican congress is all for giving states control on that. today the attorney general of new york joined a legal challenge of doma in the case of a widow with taxes that she wouldn't have owed if she had been married to a man instead of a woman. so in republican america, we still have no jobs bill, we still have no deal to save the u.s. government from default, but we can begin to see the outlines of a place where you can bring your concealed weapons across state lines but not your lawfully wedded spouse. whoa. right? get. out. exactly! really?! [ mom ] what? shut the front door. right? woop-woop! franklin delano! [ male announcer ] hey! there's oreo creme under that fudge! oreo fudge cremes. indescribably good. [ male announcer ] if it's true that sharks can sense even a drop of blood from a quarter of a mile away, which razor would you use? ♪ ♪ ♪ i used to not travel very much, but then i discovered hotwire. now, i use all my vacation days. i can afford to visit my folks for the holidays. and reconnect with my girlfriends in vegas. because
Jul 27, 2011 4:00am EDT
, or doma. the republican congress is all for giving states control on that. today the attorney general of new york joined a legal challenge of doma in the case of a widow with taxes that she wouldn't have owed if she had been married to a man instead of a woman. so in republican america, we still have no jobs bill, we still have no deal to save the u.s. government from default, but we can begin to see the outlines of a place where you can bring your concealed weapons across state lines but not your lawfully wedded spouse. esurance instantly compares our car insurance rates with other top companies. with an esurance quote, you know you're getting a great deal. you can thank our tech team for that. sure, i'll let them know. bye-bye. aha! anything you want to share? with the tech team? oh, i'm dating that girl in accounting. seriously? yeah, we're pretty serious. [ female announcer ] know if you're getting a great deal. see for yourself at esurance. technology when you want it. people when you don't. >>> now you want to talk about a dysfunctional family, take a look at the united states c
Jul 22, 2011 1:00pm EDT
a letter from about 60 members of congress concerning the applicability doma to the guidelines, and so the guidelines -- they are under consideration right now by me and by the personnel and readiness committee. and i suspect that we will have that issue resolved before the 60-day period. >> the air force people who were in the midst of their discharges, that means they are not take the lead this charge, is that correct? >> that is correct. there was one that was separated. >> but three others were in the midst, said they would have to go back to their jobs and continue serving as normal, is that right? >> as far as i know. >> actual moment of repeal midnight going into september 20, or not later in the day? >> i suppose it depends how you count 60 days from today. it is september 20, and i suppose it is a legal question as to whether the law repeal goes into effect at 3:00 or whenever it was that the document was transmitted to the hilt on trends for the 20, -- to the hill on september 20. we calculated the date to be september 20. >> at that time that you guys did the survey, the con
Jul 14, 2011 6:00pm PDT
mientras se resuelve la constitucionalidad de doma, o ley de defensa del matrimonio.. una norma que define el matrimono como la unin entre un hombre y una mujer.. pero bajo instrucciones del presidente obama, el departamento de justicia ya no est defendiendo esa definicin.. eso est generando esperanzas para alex y su esposo, y para otras 24 mil parejas del mismo sexo en todo el pas en la misma situacin.. s.o.t. 4:28:00 no estamos pidiendo nada extraordinario, nosotros no queremos cambiar el mundo, nosotros queremos tener los mismos derechos que tiene toda la gente que vive en los estados unidos.. alex, su esposo y los hijos de sus esposo viven cerca de palm springs, en el sur de california.. l lleva 12 aÑos en estados unidos y agrega que su vida, negocio y ahora familia estn en este pas.. s.o.t. 6:30:00 tratando de que la gente entienda de que nuestro matrimonio, los matrimonios homsexual es lo mismo que los matrimonios heterosexuales, nosotros tenemos la misma vida, es lo que la gente necesita de entender.. s.o.t. 6:50:00 es la vida de una persona que se está jugando en esto, entonces l
Jul 20, 2011 4:00pm PDT
conservative and he is come out and said i support feinstein's bill and for repealing doma. it's winning him a lot of support among the gay community and i think support that he need fd he wanted to get them activated and on board in 2012. >> and thank you, mark. >> president obama is hosting another round of meetings with congressional budget negotiators. he had said woe not accept a short term increase in the debt limit but appears willing to compromise on that. david ono from k abc interviewed the president today and joins us live from washington. >> reporter: good evening, it's a little bit after 7:00 in the evening. it's a rare opportunity to be invited to sit down to have a conversation with the president. there are many issues to talk to him about. none more important than the looming deadline regarding our debt ceiling but an important part of the story is the congress and their seeming inability to negotiate. there is some bad blood among lawmakers and the problem is so bad that even former first lady betty ford as a dying wish wanted this discussed at her funeral last week. i used
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